Friday, 23 June 2017

Book Review: Lost World of Patagonia by Dane Hatchell


An earthquake opens a path to a land hidden for millions of years. Under the guise of finding cryptid animals, Ace Corporation sends Alex Klasse, a Cryptozoologist and university professor, his associates, and a band of mercenaries to explore the Lost World of Patagonia. The crew boards a nuclear powered All-Terrain Tracked Carrier and takes a harrowing ride into the unknown.

The expedition soon discovers prehistoric creatures still exist. But the dangers won't prevent a sub-team from leaving the group in search of rare jewels. Tensions run high as personalities clash, and man proves to be just as deadly as the dinosaurs that roam the countryside.

Lost World of Patagonia is a prehistoric thriller filled with murder, mayhem, and savage dinosaur action.


My Review: 
Gerald and Will are part of a team digging for red diamonds in an isolated valley, for multi millionaire Henry Lear. Their progress comes to an abrupt end when the men are attacked by a pterodactyl. A team member gives the shocking footage to a magazine which raises interest in the area and a joint mission is organised between Lear's people and a cryptoid expedition. Some are searching for diamonds, others for dinosaurs but all are going to be on the menu.

The dinosaurs have been trapped in their own lost world deep in Patagonia, fenced in by geography but an earthquake allowed Lear's team to get into the valley to survey for anything useful. They found red diamonds and a lot of vicious predators. Lear is determined to get the diamonds and decides to send another more prepared mercenary team but hopes of keeping things quiet are ruined by the man who releases the footage and attracts the attention of the whole scientific community including cryptozoologist Alex. He is unsure if it is a hoax but he is determined to take his best students on the trip to find out.

The inter relationships between the team feature heavily in this book. Alex is having an affair with his student Natasha who is also going on the trip, but their cosy plans are ruined when his wife Susan decides to come along in case they find something. Logan is gay and interested in Matt who wants Natasha who wants to take Alex from Susan, who will report Alex for unethical behaviour in his past if they get divorced, so everybody is unhappy. These relationships dictate some of the action in the book as each person decides the best way to further their own interests. Coop is leading Lear's team and they are to protect the scientists before taking a secret side mission to get the diamonds.

It is a bit like Jurassic Park in the beginning as the team start to see the dinosaurs and marvel at what they are seeing, while Coop plans the best time to take his team to find the diamonds. Coop was actually my favourite character. He was the capable leader of the group who doesn't fit the steriotype of the asshole merc, instead being a nice guy who happens to do the dirty work for his boss. When a sudden and unexpected death occurs in the group, the scientists are ready to turn on each other over what they think happened and this makes for interesting choices as the book progresses. It is here that the real dinosaur action starts. There are some good dinosaur scenes in the latter part of the book.

This was a decent read overall but I feel the first two thirds of the book were a bit too heavy on the relationships between the characters which did slow it down a bit. It did still keep me interested enough to want to see what happened though and the last third of the book did not disappoint as the dinosaurs decide it is time to feed on the annoying humans. There are a few little twists that make it really interesting too. There is a follow up book which sounds a bit out there but I already have it and will probably read it as there are dinosaurs again. 
Read March 2017.
3 stars.


10 comments:

  1. Man all those relationships issues seem like a tad too much. Glad you were able to enjoy this one despite that. At least the dinosaurs will keep you going!

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    1. It felt a bit like a soap opera in the first half of the book! It's always fun when the dinosaurs start chomping on people though and it was a good sized cast!

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  2. Ooh Patagonia and lost world- that would seem to have everything I need in a dino story lol. I've always loved lost world stories. And "all are going to be on the menu" lol. That too! Sorry it didn't turn out better- the relationships do seem like they dominate the first part of the book and the impatient part of me would probably be thinking get on with it!! Still... I'm considering this one.

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    1. There's plenty of good death to enjoy and it was fun hoping that two in particular were going to become dino chew toys! I would've preferred less on their relationships but I still liked it so I'd say give it a go if you're interested.

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    2. "dino chew toys"- too funny!

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  3. I enjoy character driven plots, even in horror books, but I want more monster mayhem. This has such a great cover. Thanks for the heads up.

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    1. It does take a while to get going but it's not a bad read if you get it cheap.

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  4. I find myself tempted by this one, even if it didn't quite work for you. Dinosaurs!

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    1. It's a decent story with a few flaws but very much readable.

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